New Backpacker Gadgets for 2018 that You Can’t-Do Without
2017 was a great year for the small-scale tech industry. The year saw a ton of start-ups putting forward their fun ideas, crowdfunding it, and delivering a masterpiece. This article lists a number of tech devices that you would never have thought you’d need before, and it all fits in the convenience of your backpack! If you are an adventurer planning your next trip, these gadgets will make your travel a lot easier.
Steamfast Steam Iron
Does your packed clothing need ironing? Steamfast will prove to be the messiah for your worries. For on-the-road wrinkle-straightening action, the Steamfast SF717 is the smallest steam iron available in the market. It is no larger than the size of a regular computer mouse and can easily be tossed in your ‘techy’ backpack.
If your next adventure requires you to venture into remote places, you should consider this radio-cum-antenna, in case you get lost. It is so small that it fits right in your pocket and can create its own off-grid network. It pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and helps communicate with other GoTenna users within a 50-mile radius.
Garmin VIRB 360
The 360 directional camera is capable of recording stable 360 4K videos of your never-ending adrenaline-pumping adventures. Its shock-proof casing can handle extreme torture- drown it in a river or throw it in between rocks, it will still work. The Garmin is easy to use and comes with its own editing software.
Garmin Oregon Series
We do not have a bias towards Garmin products, but its engineering for the adventure-ready makes them an easy pick. The Oregon Series serves as a handy navigation backup. The 3-inch screen may look small but it performs extremely well. You can switch between different modes, track your trail, and plan your trail. The GPS is preloaded with US Topomaps. Do you want an active Weather forecast? It does that too.
Power Practical Sparkr
Sparkr creates fire. It creates fire in wind and in rain. Sounds exciting? Well, it also doubles as a flashlight with three brightness setting. Three button presses and hold for the electric spark makes it safe to store it with all your gear in the backpack. The marker-like shape makes it accessible in tight spaces. The Sparkr uses a 3,350 mAh battery that should last you for a week or two.
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Armored, shock-proof, water and dustresistant, the GNARBOX is the backup device you should be considering to backup all your action-filled photos and videos. Available in 128 GB and 256 GB capacities, it doubles as a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can even upload your files to the web without a laptop.
The LuminAID is a solar-powered inflatable lamp that will give off light for 16 hours. It is small, thus portable, waterproof, and lightweight coming in at around just 56 grams. When not in use, it can be folded and attached to your backpack to charge it on the go. The different power settings allow you to either use it as a nightlight or spot a bear behind the bush (it goes really bright).
CamelBak All Clear
All Clear eliminates the chances of you getting sick by drinking contaminated water. It uses UV light to kill bacteria and viruses in the 0.75-litre capacity bottle in under a minute. For the trips where you venture into jungles with rivers as the only source of drinking water, CamelBak All Clear has your back, providing safe drinking water on-the-go.
Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Stove
The Etekcity mini stove does exactly what a bigger and bulkier stove would do but at a fraction of the price. Made from aluminum alloy, it can withstand high temperatures. The small size and weight make it perfect for backpacking. The mini stove is eco-friendly if you were wondering.
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Multi-Tool
Designed by the ultimate adventurer, Bear Grylls, the Gerber Ultimate is the multi-tool you will need to survive the wilderness. It has all the tools you will ever need- knives, saw, screwdriver, flat drivers, lanyard ring, bottle and can opener, scissors, wire cutter, and needle nose pliers. The multi-tool comes in a military grade sheath that is mildew resistant.
Solar Camp Shower
For the times you feel icky from all the sweat, dust, and grime, the Solar Camp Shower can relieve you with its solar heated water. It can hold 19 liters of water for warm showers, with fill cap and on/off valve. The Camp Shower is light (when not filled with course) and portable.
Anker LC90 LED Flashlight
The LC90 LED Flashlight is bright. Really bright! At 900 lumens. It is also super tough. It is THE flashlight you need in your backpack. With an average of 6 hours of battery life, you can use it for anything- camping emergencies, night-time walks, or even blinding the bear which you saw earlier to help make a narrow escape. With five different settings and a zoom-able feature for the light beam, you cannot go wrong with this Anker product.
About The Authors: Yogi and Suchna believe in taking the road less travelled and stumbling upon some hidden gems along the way! For over a decade, they’ve mapped their way across various continents, sniffed out unusual routes, discovered new flavours and stayed at quirky hostels. TheBackpackerCo is their expression of soul travel. You can catch up with them at TheBackpackerCo – Backpacking Trips